RHEL 2.1 : xinetd (RHSA-2003:161)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

Updated xinetd packages fix a security vulnerability and other bugs.

Xinetd is a master server that is used to to accept service connection
requests and start the appropriate servers.

Because of a programming error, memory was allocated and never freed
if a connection was refused for any reason. An attacker could exploit
this flaw to crash the xinetd server, rendering all services it
controls unavaliable.

In addition, other flaws in xinetd could cause incorrect operation in
certain unusual server configurations.

All users of xinetd are advised to update to the packages listed in
this erratum, which contain an upgrade to xinetd-2.3.11 and are not
vulnerable to these issues.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2003-0211.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2003-161.html

Solution :

Update the affected xinetd package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 12393 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2003-0211